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‘A virtue beyond all medicine’ : The hanged man’s hand, gallows tradition and healing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England
From the eighteenth century through to the abolition of public executions in England in 1868, the touch of a freshly hanged man's hand was sought after to cure a variety of swellings, wens in particular. While the healing ...
The wider picture: Parallel evidence in America and Australia
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)